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Encyclopedia > Robert Preston (actor)
Robert Preston
Preston in This Gun for Hire (1942)
Born 8 June 1918
Newton, Massachusetts
Died 21 March 1987
Montecito, California

Robert Preston Meservey (June 8, 1918 - March 21, 1987), better known as Robert Preston, was an Oscar-nominated American actor. Image File history File links Robert Preston (actor) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... This Gun for Hire is a 1942 film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the novel by Graham Greene. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Nickname: The Garden City Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Middlesex County Settled 1639 Incorporated 1688 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor David B. Cohen (Dem) Area  - City  18. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Montecito is the code-name of the next major release of Intels Itanium Processor Family (IPF), which implements the IA-64 instruction set architecture. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ...

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Early life

Preston was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of a garment worker. After attending Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, California, he studied acting at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. He would later serve as an intelligence officer with the U.S. 9th Air Force during World War II. Nickname: The Garden City Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Middlesex County Settled 1639 Incorporated 1688 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor David B. Cohen (Dem) Area  - City  18. ... Abraham Lincoln High School, usually referred to simply as Lincoln High School is a secondary school located in Los Angeles, California. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type mayor-council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  465. ... Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... See Intelligence Officers ... Ninth Air Force is a Numbered Air Force in Air Combat Command (ACC). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Career

Preston appeared in many Hollywood films, predominantly Westerns, but is probably best remembered for his portrayal of the character "Professor" Harold Hill in Meredith Willson's musical, The Music Man (1962). He won a Tony Award for his performance in the original Broadway production. In 1974, he starred opposite Bernadette Peters in the Broadway musical "Mack and Mabel" as Mack Sennett, the famous silent film director. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... i like western films The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... Robert Meredith Willson (18 May 1902 – 15 June 1984) was an American composer and playwright, best known as the writer of The Music Man. ... The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... The Music Man is a 1962 film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Bernadette Peters is an American Tony Award-winning actress and singer. ... Mack & Mabel is a Broadway musical play. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ...


In 1961, Preston was asked to make a recording as part of a program by the President's Council on Physical Fitness to get schoolchildren to do more daily exercise. The song, "Chicken Fat," written by Meredith Willson and performed by Preston with full orchestral accompaniment, was distributed to schools across the nation and played for students in calisthenics every morning. The song later became a surprise novelty hit and a part of baby-boomers' childhood memories. The Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is an American government organization that aims to promote, encourage and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active and participate in sports. // The Presidents Council on Youth Fitness was founded on 16 July 1956 to encourage American children... Robert Meredith Willson (18 May 1902 – 15 June 1984) was an American composer and playwright, best known as the writer of The Music Man. ...


Although he was not a singer, he appeared in several other stage and film musicals, notably Mame (1974) and Victor/Victoria (1982), for which he received an Academy Award nomination. His final role was in the TV movie Outrage! (1986). His final role in a film made for theatres was in The Last Starfighter, in which he played intergalactic con man/military recruiter "Centauri". Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Mame is a 1974 American musical film. ... Victor/Victoria is a 1982 musical comedy film. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ... The Last Starfighter is a 1984 science fiction movie, its subsequent novelization that year by Alan Dean Foster, and a video game based on the movie. ... A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short, (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... A British Army etc. ...


He died of lung cancer in 1987, aged 68. Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Filmography

Features:

Short Subjects: Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Disbarred is a 1939 film about a crooked lawyer starring Gail Patrick and Robert Preston. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full year calendar). ... Plot Summary (1939)One of the last bills signed by President Lincoln authorizes pushing the Union Pacific Railroad across the wilderness to California. ... Beau Geste is a 1939 film made by Paramount Pictures based on the novel by P. C. Wren. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Parachute Battalion is a 1941 film starring Robert Preston and Nancy Kelly. ... Night of January 16 was a play written by Ayn Rand, inspired by the death of the Match King, Ivar Kreuger. ... Reap the Wild Wind is a serialized story written by Thelma Strabel in 1940 for The Saturday Evening Post. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... This Gun for Hire is a 1942 film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the novel by Graham Greene. ... Star Spangled Rhythm is a 1942 all-star cast musical film made by Paramount Pictures during World War II as a as morale booster. ... Night Plane from Chungking is a 1943 wartime adventure film made by Paramount Pictures. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber was a short story by Ernest Hemingway set in Africa published in 1936 concurrently with The Snows of Kilimanjaro. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Variety Girl is a movie musical, produced by Paramount. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... DVD cover of the French release of Blood on the Moon Blood on the Moon is an RKO black-and-white 1948 psychological western directed by Robert Wise with cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Tulsa was a film made in 1949 by Eagle-Lion Studios, directed by Stuart Heisler, starring Robert Preston and Susan Hayward. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Cloudburst is a 1951 drama directed by Francis Searle and starring Robert Preston, Harold Lang, Elizabeth Sellars, Colin Tapley and Sheila Burrell. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Face to Face is a 1952 film adapted from the stories The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad and The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dark at the Top of the Stairs is a 1960 film with Shirley Winters. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... The Music Man is a 1962 film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... For other articles named How the West Was Won, see the disambiguation page, How the West Was Won. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Junior Bonner is a male melodrama and contemporary western movie, focusing on the relationships between two brothers and their father. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Mame is a 1974 American musical film. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... DVD Cover of 1977 movie Semi-Tough. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... S.O.B. is a 1981 film written and directed by Blake Edwards starring Richard Mulligan and Julie Andrews. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Victor/Victoria is a 1982 musical comedy film. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Last Starfighter is a 1984 science fiction movie, its subsequent novelization that year by Alan Dean Foster, and a video game based on the movie. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Wings Up (1943)
  • Sentinels in the Air (1956) (narrator)

1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Awards

Robert Preston appeared on the cover of Time Magazine on July 21, 1958. [1]


Broadway Shows

  • The Male Animal (May 15, 1952 - Jan 31, 1953)
  • Men of Distinction (Apr 30, 1953 - May 2, 1953)
  • His and Hers (Jan 7, 1954 - Mar 13, 1954)
  • The Magic and the Loss (Apr 9, 1954 - May 1, 1954)
  • The Tender Trap (Oct 13, 1954 - Jan 8, 1955)
  • Janus (Nov 24, 1955 - Jun 30, 1956)
  • The Hidden River (Jan 23, 1957 - Mar 16, 1957)
  • The Music Man (Dec 19, 1957 - Apr 15, 1961)
  • Too True to be Good (Mar 12, 1963 - Jun 1, 1963)
  • Nobody Loves an Albatross (Dec 19, 1963 - Jun 20, 1964)
  • Ben Franklin in Paris (Oct 27, 1964 - May 1, 1965)
  • The Lion in Winter (Mar 3, 1966 - May 21, 1966)
  • I Do! I Do! (Dec. 5, 1966 - June 15, 1968)
  • Mack & Mabel (Oct 6, 1974 - Nov 30, 1974)
  • Sly Fox (Dec 14, 1976 - Feb 19, 1978)
Preceded by
Rex Harrison
for My Fair Lady
Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical
1958
for The Music Man
Succeeded by
Richard Kiley
for Redhead
Preceded by
Richard Kiley
for Man of La Mancha
Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical
1967
for I Do! I Do!
Succeeded by
Robert Goulet
for The Happy Time

The Male Animal is a 1942 movie starring Henry Fonda as a college English teacher being threatened with being fired for being a Communist because he intends to read some subversive literature in class. ... His and Hers (originally aired 11 April 1973) was a first-season episode of Are You Being Served?. The staff is upset when Grace Brothers hires an attractive outside saleswoman to demonstrate their new unisex line of perfume, His and Hers. In addition to taking away their sales and cutting... Janus may refer to: Janus (mythology), the two-faced god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings, and endings in Roman mythology Janus (moon), a moon of Saturn Janus Patera, a shallow volcanic crater on Io, a moon of Jupiter Janus (simulation), a military combat simulation first developed in the late 1970s... This article is about the Broadway musical. ... Original cast recording Ben Franklin in Paris is a musical with a book and lyrics by Sidney Michaels and music by Mark Sandrich, Jr. ... VHS Cover The Lion in Winter is a 1966 Broadway play by James Goldman. ... I Do! I Do! is a 1966 Broadway musical based on the Jan de Hartog play The Fourposter with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and Score by Harvey Schmidt. ... Mack & Mabel is a Broadway musical play. ... Note: Sly Fox is also the name of a 1980s pop music duo Sly Fox is a comedic play by Larry Gelbart, based on Ben Jonsons Volpone (The Fox), updating the setting from Renaissance Venice to 19th century San Francisco, and changing the tone from satire to farce. ... Sir Reginald Carey Rex Harrison (b. ... The original poster for the Broadway production of the show designed by Al Hirschfeld My Fair Lady is a 1956 musical theater production with lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. ... The Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a musical play, whether a new production or a revival. ... This article is about the Broadway musical. ... Richard Paul Kiley (March 31, 1922 – March 5, 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor, though he is best known for his voice work, as narrator of various documentary series. ... // Redhead (Musical) Redhead is a Broadway musical set in London in the 1880s, around the time of Jack the Ripper. ... Richard Paul Kiley (March 31, 1922 – March 5, 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor, though he is best known for his voice work, as narrator of various documentary series. ... Man of La Mancha is a 1965 Broadway musical in one act which tells the story of the classic novel Don Quixote as a play within a play, performed by Miguel de Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. ... The Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a musical play, whether a new production or a revival. ... I Do! I Do! is a 1966 Broadway musical based on the Jan de Hartog play The Fourposter with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and Score by Harvey Schmidt. ... Robert Gerard Goulet (b. ... The Happy Time is a 1952 movie directed by the award-winning director Richard Fleischer. ...

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